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Directories & Gateways

dmoz - Open Directory - Sociology
Extensive directory with links to sites concerned with all areas of the social sciences.

Social Science Information Gateway
This is a huge portal with links to sites covering all areas of the field of Sociology. The Social Science Information Gateway "aims to provide a trusted source of selected, high quality Internet information for researchers and practitioners in the social sciences, business and law. It is part of the UK Resource Discovery Network."

A huge collection of sociological sites, organized by subject matter.

A commercial site featuring links to indexes, grants, journals, surveys and writings on the Web.

Sociological Tour through Cyberspace
Created by Dr. Michael C. Kearl, Professor & Chair at Trinity University this site is aimed at undergraduate Sociology students. It features a somewhat psychadelic "tour" of the major subject directories for Sociology, followed by links to data sets, and sites featuring statistical and theoretical material. Not the easiest site to look at, but the information is worth looking at.

Voice of the Shuttle: Cultural Studies
This University of California site investigates "the intersection between cultural criticism/theory and selective resources in sociology, media studies, postcolonial studies, economics, literature, and other fields chosen to represent the alignments that now signify "culture" for the contemporary humanities."

Voice of the Shuttle: Politics and Government
Links to political theory and government studies sites provided by the University of California.

WCSU List: Sociology Internet Sources
Links to a wealth of sites featuring culture, society, family, criminal studies, and social research resources. This site is maintained by Western Connecticut State University's Department of Social Sciences.

WWW Virtual Library: Sociology - SOCNET: Courses and Curricular Resources
The World Wide Web Consortium is a leading provider of information on the web. The many subject areas represented are hosted by universities and colleges world-wide. (The Sociology page is managed by McMaster University.) Peritinent links to resources including institutions, associations, research centers, major theorists and more.




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General Databases

The Congressional Research Service (CRS)
The Congressional Research Service is where Members of Congress turn for the nonpartisan research, analysis, and information they need to make informed decisions on behalf of the American people. The Congressional Research Service (CRS) does not provide direct public access to its reports, requiring citizens to request them from their Member of Congress. However, some Members of Congress, as well as several non-profit groups, have posted the reports on their Web sites. This site provides integrated, searchable and browseable access to many of the full-text CRS reports that have been available at a variety of different Web sites since 1990.

a.. Searchable fields include title, author, subject, and full-text.
b.. Boolean searching is supported.
c.. Browsing is by broad subject area, e.g. Air Pollution, Drug Abuse, Environmental Protection, etc.
Maintained by the University of North Texas Libraries.

"TheDataWeb is network of online data libraries. Topics include, census data, economic data, health data, income and unemployment data, population data, labor data, cancer data, crime and transportation data, family dynamics, vital statistics data" - A Collaboration between the U.S. Census Bureau and the Centers for Disease Control

Diversity Database
"This database contains campus, local, national, and international academic material relating to the following areas of diversity as defined by the Office of Human Relations Programs at the University of Maryland: age, class, disability, ethnicity, gender, national origin, race, religion & sexual orientation."

Health Poll Search
Health Poll Search is "a searchable archive of public opinion questions on health issues that allows users to know what Americans think about health issues, as well as what Americans have thought about health issues over archive of more than 350,000 public opinion questions dating back to 1935. Response percentages and source information are provided for all questions." The Roper Center for Public Opinion Research at the University of Connecticut.

Murray Research Center
"This Radcliffe college site provides " the nation's largest social science data archive on human development across the life span." Included are over 200 nationwide sociological surveys and studies with accompanying data set abstracts. The database is searchable by subject area and by category. Note that requests for the actual data require registration and application.

National Election
"High quality data on voting, public opinion, and political participation that serve the research needs of social scientists, teachers, students, policy makers and journalists concerned with the theoretical and empirical foundations of mass politics in a democratic society."

National Political Index
"An index of substantive political information for voters, political activists, political consultants, lobbyists, politicians, academicians, and media editors with a wide range of products and services in an interactive communications environment. "

Population Index
Population Index is the primary reference tool to the world's population literature. It presents an annotated bibliography of recently published books, journal articles, working papers, and other materials on population topics. This website provides a searchable and browsable database containing 46,035 abstracts of demographic literature published in Population Index in the period 1986-2000.

PovertyNet-Data on Poverty page
This World Bank Group's site page provides information on indicators for and measurement of poverty, health indicators, trends in poverty, country statistics and links to other database resources such as GernderStats.

Social Gerontology and The Aging Revolution
Comprehensive site covering gerontological issues. Offers information and links to almost every issue affecting older people.

Social Security Death Index
The social security death index brought to you through database.

United States Bureau of Labor Statistics
Online statistical and data information on labor in the United States. " The BLS is an independent national statistical agency that collects, processes, analyzes, and disseminates essential statistical data to the American public, the U.S. Congress, other Federal agencies, State and local governments, business, and labor. "



Government Sitesddit

Government Sites

Election 2004 Sites
Critical Sites Additional Government Sites

Critical Sites

The Campaign Desk
Critique and analysis of 2004 campaign coverage
from Columbia Journalism Review

"The Annenberg Political Fact Check is a project of the Annenberg Public Policy Center of the University of Pennsylvania. It is a "consumer advocate" for voters that aims to reduce the level of deception and confusion in U.S. politics. It monitors the factual accuracy of what is said by major U.S. political players in the form of TV ads, debates, speeches, interviews, and news releases.

Government SitesddGo

Bureau of Economic Analyses
"BEA produces economic accounts statistics that enable government and business decision-makers, researchers, and the American public to follow and understand the performance of the Nation's economy" This site provides national and regional information.

Bureau of Labor Statistics
The principal fact-finding agency for the Federal government in the broad field of labor economics and statistics. The BLS serves as a statistical resource to the Department of Labor and collects, processes, analyzes, and disseminates essential statistical data to the American public, the U.S. Congress, other Federal agencies, State and local governments, business, and labor.

Catalog of Federal Assistance
This site gives you database access to federal programs that are available to State and local governments.

Catalog of US Document Publications
The Catalog of U.S. Government Publications provides an index to print and electronic publications created by Federal agencies. When available, links are provided to the full-text of these publications.

Center for Disease Control and Prevention
Up to date information on health in the Nation including statistical data is provided here.

Citing Government Documents
Scroll down this page to view examples of citations for numerous government documents. This site is provided by the University of Memphis.

"The gateway to statistics from over 100 U.S. Federal agencies."

National Rural Development Partnerships
"The National Rural Development Partnership (NRDP) is a multi-faceted organization bringing together partners from all levels of government as well as private for profit and non-profit organizations to address the needs of rural America."

United States Bureau of Labor Statistics
Online statistical and data information on labor in the United States. " The BLS is an independent national statistical agency that collects, processes, analyzes, and disseminates essential statistical data to the American public, the U.S. Congress, other Federal agencies, State and local governments, business, and labor. "

United States Census
Gateway to the 2000 Census, EEO tabulations, estimates, profiles, projections, economic census, ER-Stats, maps and more. Go to Census Page for more links.

United States Department of Health And Human Services
Organized by such topics as safety and wellness, diseases, families and children, disasters and emergencies and aging. Includes links to the Administration for Children and Families, and the 2002 Poverty Guidelines.

United States General Accounting Office
The GAO is the audit, evaluation, and investigative arm of Congress. GAO exists to support the Congress in meeting its Constitutional responsibilities and to help improve the performance and ensure the accountability of the federal government for the American people. GAO examines the use of public funds, evaluates federal programs and activities, and provides analyses, options, recommendations, and other assistance to help the Congress make effective oversight, policy, and funding decisions. "

United States Government Manual
"As the official handbook of the Federal Government, the United States Government Manual provides comprehensive information on the agencies of the legislative, judicial, and executive branches. It also includes information on quasi-official agencies, international organizations in which the United States participates, and boards, commissions, and committees. " You can do a quick search of the current edition, and can read earlier editions online. Click here for the Code of Federal Regulations.

United States Immigratration and Naturalization Services

US National Labor Relations Board
The agency responsible for representation elections and investigation of unfair labor practices. Includes full text of the NLRB's decisions and regulations, as well as a manual of procedures and compliance.





Historical Data

Age of Industry
Comprehensive website links to online resources for the Industrial Revolution.

American Memory Project
A wealth of original texts in electronic format, photographic and archival images, bibliographic data and links covering all areas of American history and culture.

American Originals: The Original Exhibit
Selection of some of the most significant and compelling documents from the National Archives holdings. These include the full text of the Louisiana Purchase agreements, a police report on the assassination of Abraham Lincoln, the 1868 treaty with the Sioux Indians recognizing the Black Hills of Dakota as part of the Great Sioux Reservation, reportage of the collision of the Titanic with an iceberg, President Franklin Roosevelt's declaration of war against Japan, and President Nixon's letter of resignation."

American Social Movements & Culture: A Resource Site
"This site provides a space for the study of social movements in the U.S., including those movements as linked to transnational and global movements" The topics covered include: abolition, AIDS, anarchism, anti-slavery, civil rights, gay rights, globalization, media activisim and womens rights.

American Women's History: A Research Guide
"American Women's History provides citations to print and Internet reference sources, as well as to selected large primary source collections. The guide also provides information about the tools researchers can use to find additional books, articles, dissertations, and primary sources."

A trip to the past
This site describes some of the advances in machinery, art, medicine, transportation, and industry that occurred during this time.

Between A Rock and A Hard Place
This remarkable exhibition places the current debate on sweatshops in the garment industry in a historical context and explores the complex factors that contribute to their existence today.

Born in Slavery: Slave Narratives from the Federal Writers' Project,
1936-1938 contains more than 2,300 first-person accounts of slavery and 500 black-and-white photographs of former slaves. (more information)

Ed Stephan's A Sociology Timeline from 1600

Industrial Revolution
This is part of Fordham University's excellent Internet Modern History Sourcebook which includes primary documents and information.

Industrial Revolution & the Railway System
Primary sources on the Industrial Revolution and its impact in Britain, including the Illustrated London News.

International Institute of Social History
One of the world's largest documentary and research institutions in the field of social history in general and the history of the labour movement in particular. While the site emphasis Dutch history, it also provides information on social history in other european countries.

Irish in America
PBS site on the Irish in America, featuring resources on the history and music of Irish Americans, biographical information and a an article on geneaology.

Key Sites of African American History
A gateway on the topic, providing numersous links to online resources and created by the United States Information Agency.

Lowell National Historic Park
An exceptional site leading to information on early manufacturing and the industrial revolution in New England mill towns, focusing on Lowell, MA.

Making of America
An incredible resource too providing a full digital library of primary sources in American social history. These are comprised of over 8,500 full text books, and 50,000 periodical and journal articles. Read the directions on how to use first.. "The collection is particularly strong in the subject areas of education, psychology, American history, sociology, religion, and science and technology."

Nineteenth Century Documents
A collection of nineteenth century United States primary source material, including documents, editorials, speeches, and articles. Sections include: Early National Politics; Slavery and Sectionalism; Nebraska Bill; Sumner's Caning; Dred Scott Decision; John Brown and Harper's Ferry; 1860 election; Secession and War; and Post Civil War. Searchable texts. From Furman University.

Rise of Industrial America
This Library of Congress sponsored and maintained site provides basic information abour the industrial revolution and links to the American Memory Page.

Statue of Liberty - Ellis Island Foundation
Searchable database for identifying most individuals who entered into the U.S. through Ellis Island.

Time line for the history of science and social science
Site maintained at Middlesex University.

US Labor History

United States Historical Census Browser
The data here describe the people and the economy of the US for each state and county between 1790 to 1960. and is provided by the Inter-university Consortium for Political and Social Research (ICPSR), in Ann Arbor, Michigan.

Victorian Web
An Encyclopedia of the era, created by George Landows and funded by the University Scholars Program

Victorian Web
Many links to international sites. This web page is maintained by Mitsuharu Matsuoka Associate Professor at Nagoya University.

Women and Social Movements in the United States
Currently organized around a collection of over 700 primary documents related to women and social movements in the United States between 1775 and 1940, this is a growing website. Sponsored by the Center for the Historical Study of Women and Gender at the State University of New York at Binghamton

World History Archives
A collection of documents for teaching and learning about world history from a working class perspective and non-Eurocentric perspecitve.





Click here for News Page

Current Research in Social Psychology: An Electronic Journal
"Current Research in Social Psychology (CRISP) is a peer reviewed, electronic journal covering all aspects of social psychology. Publication is sponsored by the Center for the Study of Group Processes at the University of Iowa which provides free access to its contents"

CyberSociology E-Journal
Cybersociology Magazine is a forum for the discussion of the social scientific study of cyberspace.

Demographic Research
"A a free, expedited, peer-reviewed journal of the population sciences" published by the Max Planck Institute for Demographic Research.

Journal E: 50 cents
Producer Ray Farkas and reporter Alex Chadwick (sometime NPR correspondent) had a simple idea: they traveled around the country with a card table, a couple of chairs, and a sign that read "Interviews 50 Cents" The result is this collection of interviews."

Journal of Artificial Societies and Social Simulation
An interdisciplinary journal for exploration and understanding of social processes by means of computer simulation. Site is housed by the University of Surrey.

Journal of Mundane Behavior
"...hosted by the Department of Sociology and the College of Humanities and Social Sciences at California State University, Fullerton, is a new scholarly journal devoted to the study of the "unmarked" -- those aspects of our everyday lives that typically go unnoticed by us, both as academics and as everyday individuals."

Journal of World-Systems Research
A publication sponsored by the Center for the Studey of World Systems at the University of California, Riverside and the Center for Global, International and Regional Studies, Division of Social Sciences, University of California, Santa Cruz.

PostModern Culture
"Founded in 1990 as an experiment in scholarly publishing on the Internet, Postmodern Culture has become the leading electronic journal of interdisciplinary thought on contemporary cultures.. Published by Johns Hopkins University Press with support from the University of Virginia and from Vassar College."

Sociological Research Online
A British publicaction, "Sociological Research Online publishes high quality applied sociology, focusing on theoretical, empirical and methodological discussions which engage with current political, cultural and intellectual topics and debates."

Theory & Science
"An Interdisciplinary, Peer-Reviewed Journal Devoted to the Discussion of Theory, Science, and Social Change."




Papers and Reports

Black Neighbors, Higher Crime?: The Role of Racial Stereotypes in Evaluations of Neighborhood Crime

Changing America
Prepared by the Council of Economic Advisors, this chart book" documents current differences in well-being by race and Hispanic origin and describes how such differences have evolved over the past several decades."

Drug Wars
A special PBS Frontline series in collaboration with NPR [National Public Radio] covering both sides of America's 30-year war on drugs. Includes text and video clips.

Economic Sociology Editorial Series
Recent editorials by scholars in the field.

Evaluating Welfare Reform in an Era of Transition

How Long Do African Americans Stay In High Poverty Neighborhoods?

How the Other Half Lives: Studies Among the Tenements of New York
Complete hypertext version of this 1890 work.

Moving People from Welfare to Work
Lessons from the National Evaluation of Welfare-to-Work Strategies
Study conducted by U.S. Department of Health and Human Services
Administration for Children and Families and the U.S. Department of Education.

The Protestant Ethic and the Spirit of Bureaucracy:
the Role of Religious Asceticism in the Genesis of Political Rationalism

Studies of Welfare Populations: Data Collection and Research Issues (2001)

Report to the National Gambling Impact Study Commission

Welfare Time Limits : State Policies, Implementation, and Effects on Families
"Time limits first emerged at the state level and subsequently became a central feature of federal welfare policy in the Personal Responsibility and Work Opportunity Reconciliation Act of 1996 (PRWORA), which imposed a 60-month time limit on federally funded assistance for most families. This study, authorized by the U.S. Department of Health and Human Services reviews of what is known about time limits. The project includs a survey of state welfare agencies, site visits to examine the implementation of time limits, and a review of research on time limits."



Public Policy

Council of State Governments
CSG's national and regional offices provide research analysis on all areas of interest to state governments including Policy Expertise including rural policy, health, education, environment, public safety, justice and fiscal state trends.

Criminal Justice Links
Link to BCC's Library page featuring websites of interest in the field of criminal justice.

Department of Health and Human Services, Office of the Assistant
Secretary for Planning and Evaluation
"The Assistant Secretary for Planning and Evaluation (ASPE) is the principal advisor to the Secretary of the U.S. Department of Health and Human Services on policy development, and is responsible for major activities in the areas of policy coordination, legislation development, strategic planning, policy research and evaluation, and
economic analysis."

Federation for American Immigration Reform
This immigration reform organization seeks to improve border security, to stop illegal immigration, and to promote immigration levels consistent with the national interest-more traditional rates of about 300,000 a year."

FindLaw Law Crawler
Massive, searchable site of information covering all areas of law, including cases and codes, for administrative, anti-trust, bankruptcy, commercial and employment law.

Justice Information Center
Links to Web sites and full-text documents of statistical data and scholarly research published by the National Criminal Justice Reference Service

John F. Kennedy School of Government
Important academic program and links including these: Case Studies, Research Reports, working papers, Ash Institute, Belfer Center, Carr Center, Center for Business and Government, Center for Public Leadership, Joint Center for Housing Studies, Shorenstein Center, Taubman Center,and the Wiener Center.

This extensive site provides links to Fedelaw services.rl and State Resources as well as law services.

Moving Ideas
The leading source for public policy ideas on the internet, this site includes articles and a seach engine that can browse by subject or by organizaiton.

National Housing Institute
"The National Housing Institute is a 28-year old independent nonprofit organization that examines the issues causing the crisis in housing and community in America. NHI examines the key issues affecting affordable housing and community development practitioners and their supporters."

National Urban League|
"The Urban League is the nation's oldest and largest community-based movement empowering African Americans to enter the economic and social mainstream."

Policy Challenges for Presidential Candidates
Key foreign and domestic policy questions for the presidential contenders devised by Human Rights Watch.

Public Policy Matrix
While you won't be able to use some of the University of Michigan only links provided here, the Matrix will be very useful in helping you determine what type of resource you should useto fulfill your information needs. Many of the links can be used also.

Rural Community Assistance Corportation
"RCAC is a nonprofit organization dedicated to assisting rural communities achieve their goals and visions by providing training, technical assistance and access to resources. Most RCAC services are available to communities with populations fewer than 50,000 and for the benefit of low-income people.

University of Massachusetts Center For Policy Analysis Links
Useful and current links to sites with an emphasis on local, Massachusetts resources.



Theorists and Theories

Dead Sociologists' Society
This site, out of Pfeiffer University, provides "a list of the various theorists, some biographical information, and a summary of their work."

The Durkheim Pages
Biographical information, detailed summaries, abstracts and brief reviews prepared and maintained by Robert Alun Jones, Professor of Religious Studies, History and Sociology at the University of Illinois in Urbana-Champaign.

Famous Sociologists
An A to Z list (Adorno to Max Weber and F. W. Znaniecki) with accompanying links to biographical and critical information about each theorist. This site is maintained by Dr. Albert Benschop, Department of Social & Behavioral Sciences at the University of Amsterdam.

Freire Institute
Official site for this impor

Mead Project: Foundational documents in Sociological Social Psychology
Information on Mead, Dewey, James, Baldwin, Cooley and Veblen. Supported by Brock University, in Canada.

Marx and Engels - Internet Archive
More than Marx and Engels, this site features just about every social theorists with a Marxist bent, from Adorno, Barthes and Foucault, to Popper and Sinclair, and a few who might be surprised to find themselves on this list. (Descartes.)

Norbert Elias and Process Sociology
"This site identifies and provides internet resources for all social scientists working with the ideas of Norbert Elias and process sociology."

Good general site from the University of Colorado, providing information on theorists and their work.

Sociology of Knowledge
Martin Ryder from the University of Colorado at Denver's School of Education put together this site featuring information on the works of Durkheim, Foucault, Habermas, Lukacs, Marcuse, Pareto, Weber, the Frankfurt School, Kuhn, Lyotard, Levi-Stauss, Mannheim, Young and many more.

Sociological Theorists
Multiple links to pages on Bourdieu, Durkheim, Elias, Freire, Goffman, Gramsci, Marx, Mead, Nietzche, Parson and Weber.





Think Tanks & Research Centers

American Enterprise Institute for Public Policy Research (AEI)

Berkeley Roundtable on the International Economy (BRIE)
Founded at Berkeley, BRIE is an interdisciplinary research project that focuses on the interactions of international economic competition and the development and application of advanced technologies.

Brookings Institution
Founded as a non-partisan, private research institute in 1916, the Brookings Institute continues to be a major contributer to public policy discource in the United States. The following Brookings Institution divisions can be reached directly here: Center on Economic Studies, Center on Social and Economic Dynamics, Center on Urban Metropolitan Policy, and Governance Studies.

The Carter Center
"The Carter Center, in partnership with Emory University, is guided by a fundamental commitment to human rights and the alleviation of human suffering; it seeks to prevent and resolve conflicts, enhance freedom and democracy, and improve health. "

Center For Comparative Social Analysis
A multidisciplinary center located in the Department of Sociology at UCLA providing full text of papers written on recent studies conducted by the Center.

Center for National Policy
"Over the last two decades, CNP has contributed to policy debates on key issues of U.S. national interest, focusing activities in four program areas: economic analysis, equal opportunity, community studies and foreign policy. "

Center for Public Policy and Contemporary Issues-Institute for Public Policy Studies, University of Denver
"Founded in 1987, the Center for Public Policy and Contemporary Issues embodies the University of Denver's commitment to the study and discussion of new ideas about American society's most critical issues"

Committee for Economic Development
"Our leadership is committed to having impact on the issues that affect the daily lives of Americans. Together, we are dedicated to ensuring our work remains focused, impartial and of the highest quality."

Disaster Research Center
"The Disaster Research Center, the first social science research center in the world devoted to the study of disasters, was established at Ohio State University in 1963 and moved to the University of Delaware in 1985. The Center conducts field and survey research on group, organizational and community preparation for, response to, and recovery from natural and technological disasters and other community-wide crises."

Earth Policy Institute
"The purpose of the institute is to provide a vision of what an environmentally sustainable economy will look like, a roadmap of how to get from here to there and an ongoing assessment of this effort-where progress is being made and where it is not."

Economic Growth Center
The Economic Growth Center "has had the objective of studying and promoting understanding of the economic development process within low-income countries and how development is affected by trade and financial relations between these countries and those that developed earlier. "

Economic Policy Institute
Website for the EPI which is "a nonprofit, nonpartisan think tank that seeks to broaden the public debate about strategies to achieve a prosperous and fair economy". Includes links to full text (PDF) articlea on the economy, on labor and labor relations, unions, globalization and more. Includes articles and interviews, such as a recent audio interview of Kevin Phillips discussing his book, Wealth and Democracy: A Political History of the American Rich.

Focus Project/OMB Watch
"OMB Watch was formed to lift the veil of secrecy shrouding the White House Office of Management and Budget (OMB), which oversees regulation, the budget, information collection and dissemination,
proposed legislation, testimony by agencies and much more. OMB's actions have an enormous impact on agency operations and the pursuit of social justice."

Gallup Polls
Established in 1935 by Dr. George H. Gallup (1901-1984), the Gallup Organization is best known for its public opinion polls which provide "measurement and analysis of people's attitudes, opinions, and behavior." This searchable site provides a full-text poll archive on various topics and up-to-the minute data on a multitude of subjects.

The Heritage Foundation
One of the more influential conservative think tanks. "ounded in 1973, The Heritage Foundation is a research and educational institute - a think tank - whose mission is to formulate and promote conservative public policies based on the principles of free enterprise, limited
government, individual freedom, traditional American values, and a strong national defense."

Hoover Insitute
"The Hoover Institution on War, Revolution and Peace, Stanford University, is a public policy research center devoted to advanced study of politics, economics, and political economy-both domestic and foreign-as well as international affairs."

Hudson Institute
"The institute's mission is to be America's premier source of applied research on enduring public policy challenges. Hudson works to counsel and guide policy change, applying its ideas whenever possible
alongside other leaders in communities, businesses, nonprofit organizations and governments."

Institute for Research on Poverty
"The Institute for Research on Poverty (IRP) is a university-based center for research into the causes and consequences of poverty and social inequality in the United States. It is nonprofit and nonpartisan".

Institute for Women's Policy Research
This site provides recent research reports women and the economy, the government, work and family and society. Includes a welfare monitoring listserve.

Migration and Ethnic Relations
A collection of links to major Internet resources in the field of migration and ethnic relations. Maintained by the EDCOMER - the European Documentation Centre and Observatory on Migration and Ethnic Relations.

Milliken Institute
The Milliken Institute "is a nonprofit, nonpartisan research organization led by experts in capital markets, regional economics and global finance." It is concerned with studying human capital and job creation, financial innovation, and accelerating medical research and solutions.

National Bureau of Economic Research
"The NBER is the nation's leading nonprofit economic research organization...The NBER is committed to undertaking and disseminating unbiased economic research among public policymakers, business professionals, and the academic community. "

National Center for Children in Poverty
This website for a nonpartisan research and policy organization at Columbia University provides abstracts and full text of recent research on poverty and children, covering such topics as public policy, economics and education.

National Center for Policy Analysis (NCPA)
"The NCPA's goal is to develop and promote private alternatives to
government regulation and control, solving problems by relying on the
strength of the competitive, entrepreneurial private sector. Topics
include reforms in health care, taxes, Social Security, welfare, criminal
justice, education and environmental regulation. "

The Nelson A. Rockefeller Institute of Government
The Nelson A. Rockefeller Insitutue of Government is "the public policy research arm of the State University of New York. The Institute conducts research on the role of state and local governments in American federalism and on the management and finances of states and localities. "

New American Foundation
"The purpose of the New America Foundation is to bring exceptionally
promising new voices and new ideas to the fore of our nation's public
discourse. Relying on a venture capital approach, the Foundation invests in outstanding individuals and policy ideas that transcend the conventional political spectrum." The New American Foundation's James Pinkerton and Noah Feldman have recently written on the real state of the Union in the January-February 2004 issue of the The Atlantic.

NIRA Guide To Think Tanks
Organized by country. Scroll down to the country listing at the bottom of the page. A very complete list, although some of the URL's are data entered into the list incorrectly. (Check spacings)

NORC: National Organization for Research at the University of Chicago
"Established in 1941, NORC was unique among survey research organizations. Instead of collecting, analyzing, and reporting commercially motivated opinion polling data-the typical national survey practice at that time-NORC's mission was to pursue objective research that served a broadly conceived public interest. NORC's early survey work provided the first rigorous empirical standard against which to calibrate the beliefs of policy makers claiming to represent and respond to "the people's will" on vital issues of the day. "

Northeast Midwest Institute
"he Northeast-Midwest
Institute is a Washington-based, private, non-profit, and non-partisan
research organization dedicated to economic vitality, environmental quality, and regional equity for Northeast and Midwest states"

Population Reference Bureau
Online site for PRB, which for seventy years has been "informing people about the population dimensions of important social, economic, and political issues." This organization strives to provide timely and objective information on U.S. and international population trends and issues. Recent reports include, Facing Child Poverty in Rural America and the Poor-Rich Divide.

Public Agenda Online
A non-partisan opinion research organization founded by Social Scientist, Daniel Yankelovich and former Secretary of State, Cyrus Vance.

Rand Corporation
" RAND is a nonprofit institution that helps improve public policy through research and analysis." Core research areas include defense and homland security, international affairs, children and adolescents, civil justice, education, energy, the environment, health care, population and aging, substance abuse and transportation.

Russell Sage Foundation
"THE RUSSELL SAGE FOUNDATION is the principal American foundation devoted exclusively to research in the social sciences. " Current scholarship at the Foundation includes a study on immigration and adaptation focusing on second generation American society.

Social Science Research Foundation
"The Social Science Research Council brings necessary knowledge to public issues. Among its key interests are: HIV/AIDS as a global challenge, children and armed conflict, economic growth, development and inequality,global security and cooperation, international migration
cemocracy and the public sphere."

Urban Institute: a nonpartisan economic and social policy research institute.
"The institute's goals are to sharpen thinking about society's problems and efforts to solve them, to improve government decisions and their implementation, and to increase citizens' awareness about important
public choices."

Vanderbilt Institute for Public Policy Studies
Vanderbilt University's "think tank" addresses "laws, regulations, programs, and services, and focusses on such "real world" problems and issues as health care, education, social services, environment,
mental health, and economic development."

World Development Reports
"The World Bank's annual World Development Report (WDR) is an invaluable guide to the economic, social and environmental state of the world today. Each year the WDR provides in depth analysis of a specific aspect of development. "

World Policy Institute
"The World Policy Institute, located at the New School, is a public policy center engaged in research and public education on critical world problems in America and internationally. "





American FactFinder
Statistical information from the United States cenus, including data on housing, business and government. Easy to access datasets and maps are provided. This site is updated frequently.

Bureau of Justice Statistics
Provided by the United States Department of Justice, this site offers statistics on crime and victims, including victim and incident-based statistics; courts and sentencing, and many other topics.

Bureau of Labor Statistics
Provided by the United States Department of Labor, this site offers informatiion on inflation and consumer spending; wages, earnings and benefits; employment and unemployment; occupations and other statistical data by state and by region.

"This web site offers easy access to federal and state statistics and reports on children and their families, including: population and family characteristics, economic security, health, behavior and social environment,and education."

Demographic and Health Surveys STATcompiler (DHS)
Select numerous countries and hundreds of indicators to create customized tables. Registration is free to access datasets.

"The gateway to statistics from over 100 U.S. Federal agencies."

National Center for Education Statistics
The NCES is the primary federal entity for collecting and analyzing data that are related to education in the United States and other countries.

National Center for Health Statistics
This is the site of the Nation's principal resource for health statistics.

Social Science StatsLab
"The StatLab serves as a statistical information center for research and quantitative analysis providing in-depth consulting for statistical software, quantitative methods, Social Science data resources, geospatial resources and analysis, and technical developments relevant to Social Science computing."

Statistical Abstracts
Selected sections of this United States census publication.

Statistical Resources on the Web
Links to a myriad of statistical materials on on topics such as adoption, divorce, poverty, religion, television, etc... maintained by the University of Michigan.

WHO Statistical Information System (WHOSIS)
"The WHO Statistical Information System is the guide to health and health-related epidemiological and statistical information available from the World Health Organization. "

Unicef Statistical Data
"Economic and social statistics on the countries and territories of the world, with particular reference to children's well-being."

UN Statistics: Common Database
This database provides information on social and economic indicators for most countries of the world, in such areas as agriculture, economics, education, energy, environment, health, labor, and population.

SSDC Data Collection
Social Science Data collected and updated by the University of California, San Diego.